Freezer murders: Investigation ‘one of most complex and challenging’ | UK News

Detectives investigating a double murder where the victims’ bodies were found in a freezer say it is one of the most “complex and challenging” crimes they have ever investigated.

The remains of 38-year-old Mihrican Mustafa and 34-year-old Henriett Szucs were discovered inside a freezer at a house in Canning Town, east London, last month.

“It’s complicated and difficult to give a substantive cause of death,” Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, who is leading the investigation, told Sky News.

“It’s not that we don’t have one, we have to be sure. It’s complicated, because of the time involved, and that’s why it’s taking a little bit longer than normal.

“Officers see things every day which they have to deal with that the general public don’t have to see.

“But our officer who went to identify if someone was OK took the extra step to open that freezer door and resulted in what we have today. It might not have been discovered for a considerable time longer if he hadn’t.”

News of the grim discovery was greeted with shock in Henriett’s home village in Hungary.

Her family had not heard from her for more than three years after she moved abroad in 2007.

Her mother Maria Rusznyak said: “My son began to look for her on Facebook three years ago. He said ‘find her, let’s find her’ but we didn’t. We thought she must have lost her phone but we never thought about this terrible thing.”

Detectives do not know if the two women knew each other, or were simply united in death.

Police were called to the address in Canning Town on 26 April at about 11.45am following concerns about the welfare of a male occupant.

They discovered the bodies after gaining entry.

Officers have said they know the address was used by “transient members of the community” who moved from place to place, and that it was frequented by drug users.

Zarhid Younis, 34, who lived in the flat has been charged with two counts of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.

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